Fisher v. Haldeman,
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61 U.S. 186 (1857)
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Fisher v. Haldeman, 61 U.S. 20 How. 186 186 (1857)
Fisher v. Haldeman
61 U.S. (20 How.) 186
By the laws of Pennsylvania before the Revolution, a preemption right to islands in the Susquehanna River could not be obtained by settlement.
The courts of that state have so decided, and this Court adopts their decision.
The bill was filed by Fisher, a citizen of the State of Delaware, against the appellees, claiming to be the equitable owner of an island in the Susquehanna River and alleging that the appellees had become possessed of the legal title by a series of frauds. The bill was quite voluminous, occupying upwards of seventy pages of the printed record, and then there was an amended bill of thirteen pages more. The substance of it, as well as the other branches of the case, are stated in the opinion of the Court. In September, 1856, the circuit court dismissed the bill, and the complainant appealed to this Court.